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#AuthorInterview with Nicola K Smith, author of A Degree of Uncertainty



You’re in for a treat today as author Nicola K Smith has kindly answered my questions!

Read on to discover her replies, find out more about her and her debut novel, A Degree of Uncertainty as well as the opportunity to enter a rafflecopter giveaway with the chance to win yourself a copy of this book!




Where did you get the inspiration for the book/series?

A Degree of Uncertainty is my debut novel, and it was inspired by my hometown of Falmouth, in Cornwall. Falmouth is a town with a rapidly growing university, and its growth has divided the community, with some people seeing it as a progress and some as ruin. It certainly has both pros and cons. I took some of the issues and transplanted them to the fictional town of Poltowan, in the west of Cornwall, creating a series of characters to bring the story alive. Small town communities often have so much dramatic potential — look at Twin Peaks!

What is your writing process?

I don’t have a process as such. I write on my laptop, although I make longhand notes, and I tend to write early in the morning and at weekends, reserving traditional working hours for my journalism work. They are two very different disciplines and I love them both.

Do you write using pen and paper or on a computer?

As above, I use both. Pen and paper are perfect for scribbling, particularly when ideas strike when I am out and about wandering or travelling, but I prefer to write in earnest at my desk, on my laptop.

Who is your favourite character out of your stories and why?

That is hard because they are all my darlings in their own way! I really enjoyed writing the character of Dawn Goldberg, the callous but brilliant Vice Chancellor of Poltowan University.  Some readers have requested a sequel, and several have said they would like to see more of her and her slightly dark back story, and I would love to continue with her on her journey.  She is admirable in many ways, not caring what others think of her and being totally focused on her career goal, yet she is also completely lacking in empathy and pretty unethical…

If you were a character in your story, which would you like to be?

Probably Rockstr, the strikingly beautiful Royal College of Music drop out who also has a dark past… She is dead set on making amends until her past catches up with her…

What did you enjoy most about writing A Degree of Uncertainty?

As a journalist by day, I loved the freedom and creativity involved in writing fiction. I worked hard on creating characters who were three dimensional and, like all of us, flawed, and it was really satisfying to get to know them and see where they took me. I had a rough idea of the plot, but it twisted and turned as I wrote, and the ending only presented itself over half way through!

I’m really pleased with the feedback so far, and I’m so glad that people have said A Degree of Uncertainty has both pathos and humour, because I personally love books that take me on an emotional journey and make me feel!

Please keep the feedback coming!

Thank you so much for answering my questions, I’m definitely intrigued by your story!

Here’s more information about ‘A Degree of Uncertainty’:

A Cornish town is slowly fracturing under the weight of its growing university…

Prominent businessman, Harry Manchester will not stand by and see his beloved hometown turned into a student ghetto — and many residents and students are relying on him.

But Harry’s stance sets him on a collision course with Dawn Goldberg, formidable Vice Chancellor of Poltowan University, who is set on doubling its size and cementing her career legacy.

As Harry’s marriage falls apart, his business comes under threat, and fellow traders accuse him of halting progress, Dawn is battling her own demons, not least the need to live up to her late father’s expectations and erase the memory of his tragic death.

There can only be one victor in this battle for the soul of a close-knit community…

Purchase Links

UK – https://www.amazon.co.uk/Degree-Uncertainty-Nicola-Smith-ebook/dp/B0825Y8PTS

US – https://www.amazon.com/Degree-Uncertainty-Nicola-Smith-ebook/dp/B0825Y8PTS


Author Bio –

Nicola K Smith is a freelance journalist contributing to a number of titles including the The Times, Guardian.co.uk, BBC.co.uk, BBC Countryfile and Sainsbury’s Magazine. She lives in Falmouth, Cornwall, a town which inspired A Degree of Uncertainty, although it is set in the fictional Cornish town of Poltowan.


Social Media Links –

Twitter: @NicolaKSmith

Instagram: Nicolaksmith740

Facbook: @NicolaKSmith74

Giveaway to Win 10 x A Degree of Uncertainty (Open to UK Only)

*Terms and Conditions –UK entries welcome.  Please enter using the Rafflecopter box below.  The winner will be selected at random via Rafflecopter from all valid entries and will be notified by Twitter and/or email. If no response is received within 7 days then Rachel’s Random Resources reserves the right to select an alternative winner. Open to all entrants aged 18 or over.  Any personal data given as part of the competition entry is used for this purpose only and will not be shared with third parties, with the exception of the winners’ information. This will passed to the giveaway organiser and used only for fulfilment of the prize, after which time Rachel’s Random Resources will delete the data.  I am not responsible for despatch or delivery of the prize.


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